16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 17, 2016

St. Mary Magdalene July 22 The confessional on the right in the right (west) transept has a large carving of St. Mary Magdalene, arguably the second most important woman in the New Testament. Her feast is celebrated on July 22. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

St. Mary Magdalene
July 22
The confessional on the right in the right (west) transept has a large carving of St. Mary Magdalene, arguably the second most important woman in the New Testament. Her feast is celebrated on July 22.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

July 17 – July 24, 2016

Weekly Activities

Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*Now that school is out for the summer please remember that we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo in response to requests from our players. As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Catherine Floyd (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality) and Thomas Eldred – 4th Anniversary (Requested by Gary Weber)

Monday, July 18 ~ St. Camillus de Lellis ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 19  ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, July 20 ~ St. Apollinaris ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, July 21 ~ St. Lawrence of Brindisi ~ Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, July 22 ~ St. Mary Magdalene ~ Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 23 ~ St. Bridget ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John and Esther Horan (Family)

Sunday, July 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Michele Clemons (Shirley Blickensderfer) and Mildred and Jimmie Porter – Wedding Anniversary (Family)

Readings for the Week of July 17

Sunday: Gn 18:1-10; Ps 15:2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42
Monday: Mi 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23; Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-8; Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Jer 1:1, 4-10; Ps 71:1-6, 15, 17; Mt 13:1-9
Thursday: Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 36:6-11; Mt 13:10-17
Friday: Jer 3:14-17; Jer 31:10-13; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Saturday: Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3-6, 8, 11; Mt 13:24-30
Sunday, July 24: Gn 18:20-32; Ps 138; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13

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News from our Parish Community

CCCB Summer in the City ~ Tuesday, August 2 from 5:30-8:00 PM is National Night Out at Blessed Trinity Church. Fun, food, games, music and fellowship! We’ll be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and, if able, we ask you to prepare a side dish or dessert to share. Be sure to bring a folding chair. Contact Daniel Korchowsky at 716-465-4771 or Click HERE for information. We’ll need volunteers to help with food (side dishes and desserts) and to help with chores. There are sign-up sheets on altar rail near Our Lady’s shrine. Please sign up by July 24. Thank you.

Full-time Position Available ~ We are still hoping to bring on a new custodian before Jerry Gallisdorder leaves in September so that he can show the new person around and train him/her in the basic tasks of the job. If you know of someone qualified for the job, please have him/her submit a resume to the rectory as soon as possible.

  • The Custodian is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of several buildings and assisting with a variety of semi-skilled manual work in the maintenance, repair and energy management of the church and other parish buildings. Requires a high school education, completed police background check, basic knowledge of plumbing and electrical work, and ability to maintain the buildings and grounds of the parish. This is a full-time position, with salary commensurate with education and experience. For detailed questions about the job, contact Bud Dick (832-2540). More information about the position is available at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/job-opportunities. Look under under “Parishes/Other.”

Ladies Sodality ~ Officers and directors are reminded of our board meeting on Sunday, July 31, following the 10 AM Mass. Agenda includes plans for August 2 “Summer in the City” picnic and scheduling programs for the coming year. Lunch will be served. If you have not already done so, please contact Vera Andrew to confirm your attendance.

Weekly Highlight from Faithful Citizenship: A message from Sister Maureen Harris ~ Actually I feel #14 of Part 1 from the Forming Consciences document is so important to reflect on as Christians that I am going to quote all of it. (To read the entire document, visit www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithfulcitizenship/upload).

  • #14 “Unfortunately, politics in our country often can be a contest of powerful interests, partisan attacks, …, and media hype. The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable. As Pope Francis reminds us, ‘Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good … I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!’ (EG, #205) The Catholic call to the faithful citizenship which affirms the importance of political participation, should help transform the party to which we belong; we should not let the party transform us in such a way that we neglect or deny fundamental moral truths or approve intrinsically evil acts. We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a civilization of truth and love.” Do I take my voting responsibility this seriously?

Training Courses for Day Care Providers ~ Fruits of Labor Training Center on Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, offers courses for licensing and training of day care workers including: Health & Safety, Child Development, CPR and First Aid Training. For questions or further information contact sbates [at] folca [dot] org or call 716-602-9640. Pick up an “information fan” on the table in the front vestibule of the church.

New rectory office hours ~ Please remember that since May, we have new rectory office hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Please call our secretary, Barbara Sercu, at 716-833-0301 if you have changes to your phone number or mailing address.

Our Helping Hands Food Pantry has extended its hours and now operates on both Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 12 Noon. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Luis Clay at 716-812-3461.

Summer in the City Tuesday, August 2, at BT!

Summer in the City
Tuesday, August 2, at BT!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ on Sunday, July 17 from 12-5 PM (or until sold out) at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs. Hot dog meal also available. For more information or pre-sale tickets, contact 627-3357. American Red Cross Blood Drive also held from 12-5 PM.

Uptown Fresh ~ A Healthy Lifestyle Market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables is now taking place every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM at the corner of Bailey and Dartmouth in Buffalo. It began operation on June 25 and will continue every Saturday (except Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3) through September 24.

Annual St. Ann Triduum at St. Ann Church and Shrine in Buffalo ~ Annual triduum of celebrations for the feast of St. Ann will take place on July 24, 25 and 26 at St. Ann’s Church and Shrine (651 Broadway and Emslie St.) in Buffalo. Outdoor Rosary and prayers at St. Ann Church at 7 PM each evening, rain or shine. All are welcome to join the celebration.

Women’s Respite Program for low income moms over 25 who need a vacation/respite away from the stress of everyday. Dates are July 28, 29, 30, 2016 at the Center of Renewal on the Stella Niagara Campus, near Lewiston, NY.  The Program provides a modest private bedroom, all meals, linens, plus great recreational activities that are all optional. It takes place in a beautiful, peaceful setting along the Niagara River.  We can even provide transportation. To apply: Fill out a 2-page application. A $15 donation is  encouraged.   For  an  application call  Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, x114, and leave a message  or go  online  http://www.womensrespite.wordpress.com.  Hurry, don’t delay.  It’s coming fast.

Our Lady of Victory Annual Pennies to Heaven/6th Lawn Fete ~ 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, in Shrine parking lot. Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. The event opens on Saturday at 5:30 PM. Food tent, beer tent, games of chance, silent auction, theme baskets. Treasure Chest (filled with lottery scratch-offs) raffle. “Wine Shelf” sure winner, children’s activities, bounce house and obstacle course, bell jar and split club raffles. Music provided by “Flipside” beginning at 7 PM. The day ends at 11:30 PM. On Sunday all activities continue and the “Kokomo Band” performs at 1 PM. Chicken Barbecue will take place from 1-5:30 PM serving Chiavetta’s chicken. Tickets are $11.00/adults and $6.00/children pre-sale. After July 24 they go up! Raffle prizes include an iPad Pro, airline vouchers for two, theater package, casino trip for two and more. Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 15 for $10.00. Winners’ names will be drawn on Sunday, August 7, at 5:30 PM. We hope you will join us. Call 828-9444 for more information.

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 AM, Wednesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Weekdays effective June 1, 2017: Tuesday – Thursday at 11:00 AM
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the third Sunday of the month (September-June)